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The Bader Collection of European Art

The Bader Collection, the core of the historical European collection at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, is the product of the focused vision of Alfred Bader (BSc’45, BA’46, Msc’47, LLD’86), a self-described “chemist-collector,” a philanthropist and a devoted Queen’s University alumnus.

The Bader Collection of European Art contains more than 200 European paintings spanning the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on Dutch and Flemish art from the Baroque period. At the heart of the collection are three character studies and one portrait by Rembrandt van Rijn, paintings that unite the collection in numerous ways. 

The Bader Collection elevates the historical European collection at Agnes to international stature, bringing audiences from around the world to delight in the knowledge and inspiration found in these beautiful works of art. For Alfred Bader, there could be no greater gift than to share the rewards of the success begun at Queen’s with future generations of students.

Collected here are the scholarly publications and catalogues Agnes has published over the years related to The Bader Collection.

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The Dutch and Flemish paintings in The Bader Collection constitute a corpus of unique quality and focus, built over the past half-century. Its 200 works reveal Alfred Bader’s longstanding interest in Rembrandt and the artists in his orbit, as well as in Old Testament themes and challenging iconographical and attributional puzzles. Roughly half of The Bader Collection already resides at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Long-time supporters of the...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
The Bader Collection of European Art
by Piet Bakker, Janet M. Brooke, Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Stephanie S. Dickey
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Accompanying the related exhibition, Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges   illuminates the early career of Rembrandt and his peers. Essays explore the artists in broader contexts, including Leiden’s historical and cultural profile, process and novelty in printmaking, the city’s art market and the history of collecting paintings by the master in Canada. The four essays, accompanied by entries on the works featured in the exhibition, offer profound insight into the motivations, aspirations...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, 17th century, 17th century Dutch Art, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rembrandt...
The Bader Collection of European Art
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This richly illustrated catalogue is the second volume documenting The Bader Collection of European art. It follows The Bader Collection: Dutch and Flemish Paintings , which was released in 2008. This new volume captures other European Schools as well as recently acquired Dutch and Flemish paintings. Highlights include works by El Greco, Luca Giordano, Dosso Dossi, Georg Penz, Adriaen van Ostade, Nicholaes Maes and Willem Kalf.
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
It was a curious accident of history that found Alfred Bader enrolling in November 1941 at Queen’s University. It is from that accident that the Art Centre at Queen’s has benefited from the gifts of old master paintings that Alfred and his wife Isabel have presented. Alfred, as a valued and loving alumnus and former Trustee, has seen a great deal of change in his alma mater, both in his chosen discipline of chemistry and his avocation, art. At Queen’s we have a unique situation, with the...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
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Agnes Etherington Art Centre proudly unveils its latest gift from long-time supporters Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. Rembrandt’s Head of an Old Man in a Cap, long considered to be a portrait of the artist’s father, is a remarkable early work, and only the fourth Rembrandt to enter a Canadian museum. Gift of Genius traces the fascinating story of the painting’s attribution to the Dutch master. With related prints, it also explores his use of the tronie, or anonymous character head, to evoke...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, 17th century Dutch art, The...
The Bader Collection of European Art
by Jacquelyn N. Coutré and Stephanie S. Dickey
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Introduced by a stately portrait of René Descartes (1596-1650), a fascinating representative of the age of the individual, Singular Figures explores the avenues of performing the self and articulating character in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. From a formal group portrait of five sisters accompanied by attributes and inscriptions signifying their virtues to an ambitious painter depicting himself in the guise of St. John the Evangelist, why did sitters have...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
Throughout his life, Alfred Bader has found solace, inspiration, and intellectual stimulation in works of art. This exhibition, which marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first Bader gift to the Agnes in 1967, aims to paint a portrait of Dr Bader’s enduring relationship with the Old Masters. The works on view—by such artists as Girolamo da Santacroce, Jan Victors, Michael Sweerts, and Bernardo Bellotto—include early gifts as well as paintings more recently donated by Drs Alfred and...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
It was a curious accident of history that found Alfred Bader enrolling in November 1941 at Queen’s University. It is from that accident that the Art Centre at Queen’s has benefited from the gifts of old master paintings that Alfred and his wife Isabel have presented. Alfred, as a valued and loving alumnus and former Trustee, has seen a great deal of change in his alma mater, both in his chosen discipline of chemistry and his avocation, art. At Queen’s we have a unique situation, with the...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, 17th...
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In November 2015, the Agnes received a spectacular gift of art from Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader: Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo . This captivating portrait, signed and dated 1658, joins two Rembrandt tronies, or character studies, already in The Bader Collection. The Head of an Old Man in a Cap of 1630 displays the artist’s sensitive exploration of the topography of an aged face in the artist’s refined early style. The Head of a Man in a Turban (Study for a...
Topics: European Art, Dutch Art, Flemish Art, 17th century art, Dutch Painting, 17th century Dutch art, The...
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In 1991 the Agnes Etherington Art Centre acquired a remarkable small Adoration of the Shepherds painting by El Greco with the support of Alfred and Isabel Bader. For scholar David McTavish, this was the beginning of an adventure in tracing the work’s origins to El Greco’s early career, and more specifically to his first major transition from his native Crete to the artistic hotbed of Venice. Using investigative methods that include radiography and infared refelectography, the author maps...
Topics: European Art, El Greco, The Bader Collection, Alfred Bader, Isabel Bader, Art Exhibition, Agnes...
The Bader Collection of European Art
by John Bonehill, Janet M. Brooke, Barbara Klempan, David de Witt
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In 1785, the famed British portraitist and landscapist Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) showcased a large picture, representing his country’s celebrated naval victory over the Spanish at Gibraltar in 1782, at an exhibition he organized at his own expense, in rented rooms in London’s Covent Garden. Despite his efforts to situate his painting as a capstone of his career, it had fallen from view by the end of the nineteenth century, and in recent years was considered long lost. In 2001, the...
Topics: European Art, Joseph Wright, The Bader Collection, Alfred Bader, Isabel Bader, Art Exhibition,...